We need to talk about Motorsport Manager. Those who read up on the game's release will have noticed one thing in particular. It isn't Formula 1. Well, it is. But it's not F1. Not officially anyway.
This is Motorsport Manager. There's no licence for the game's developers to replicate the F1 calendar, the grid, the drivers. But there is plenty of influence - you win no prizes for working out where the inspiration for the forest-backdropped Ardennes track comes from, ditto that for the Italian team with the red livery and a German/Finnish driver line-up. How does that impact on the game though?
It's an immediate hurdle, there's no two ways about it. F1 is a world-famous brand, motorsport isn't. F1 is what this game's target audience cares about, and not reflecting that 100 per cent creates a potential issue of perception.